‘This feels racist’: Balenciaga is accused of cultural appropriation over its $1,190 sweatpants that feature hip hop style boxers peeking out from the waistband 

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  • Designed by leading Spanish fashion brand Balenciaga, ‘Tropme-L’oeil’ gray sweatpants feature an exposed boxer short built-in over the waistband.
  • Pants sells for $1,190
  • Critics accused the fashion brand of liberalizing the style popularized in hip hop culture during the ’90s.
  • The controversy was further fueled when TikTok user @mr200m__, whose real name is Josiah Hyakinth, posted a video mocking design on Selfridges on September 2.
  • ‘It sounds racist. It sounds very racist, hyacinth of people said while inspecting the pants. ‘They knit these boxers inside trousers’

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A pair of $1,190 designer sweatpants is causing quite a stir, after many critics accused the design of cultural appropriation.

Designed by the leading Spanish fashion brand Balenciaga,’Tropme-l’Oil’ Gray sweatpants have an open boxer short built-in over the waistband – a style famous in hip hop culture during the ’90s.

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Critics caught wind of the controversy when TikTok user @mr200m__, whose real name is Josiah Hyakinth, posted a video mocking design to Selfridges on September 2.

Pictured: A model wearing a style famous in hip hop culture during the 90s.
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Designed by the leading Spanish fashion brand Balenciaga, the ‘Tropme-L’oeil’ gray sweatpants feature an exposed boxer short built-in over the waistband – a style that became famous in hip hop culture during the ’90s.

Critics caught wind of the controversy when TikTok user @mr200m__, whose real name is Josiah Hyakinth, posted a video mocking design to Selfridges on September 2.

Critics caught wind of the controversy when TikTok user @mr200m__, whose real name is Josiah Hyakinth, posted a video mocking design to Selfridges on September 2.

‘It sounds racist. It sounds very racist, hyacinth of people said while inspecting the pants. ‘He has knitted these boxers inside the trousers.’

The video is captioned, ‘You know when something sounds racist @sxbwxyy I have questions,’ and has been viewed over 1.6 million times.

In an emailed statement to CNN, Marquita Gamage, an associate professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Northridge, said she was disturbed by the Balenciaga item and viewed it as a “black culture with the hope of making big profits.” Was.

Gammage, author of Cultural Appropriation as ‘Agency Reduction’, wrote that the style was often used to criminalize ‘blacks, especially black men, as thugs and threats to American society’. is being done.

“The Balenciaga men’s trompe-l’oeil sweatpants in red have caused immediate concern for the iconic African American hip hop aesthetic worn by black Americans for decades, resulting in the incarceration of black men,” Gammage added in the email. And death has happened. to CNN. ‘Professional cultural appropriation’ is written on the top of the trousers; Branded under the name Balenciaga.’

In an additional email to CNN, Balenciaga’s chief marketing officer, Ludivin Pont, said: ‘In many of our collections, we mix different wardrobe pieces into a single garment, such as denim jeans layered over tracksuit pants, cargo shorts jeans. And merged with the button-up shirt layered over the T-shirt.’

‘These Trompe L’Oeil trousers were an extension of that vision,’ she said.

Individuals quickly responded to the design online, criticizing the fashion brand for gentrifying another aspect of black culture.

‘Black men are being discriminated against and devalued for making pants down and taking advantage of the Balenciaga style. Crazy how ghetto this is until they price it,’ user @HighestPriestess criticized the design on Twitter.

Several individuals also noted that Balenciaga's $2,090 'Barbes East-West Shopper Bag' resembles a bag design that originated in West Africa, informally referred to as the 'Ghana Must Go' bag Was.

Several individuals also noted that Balenciaga’s $2,090 ‘Barbes East-West Shopper Bag’ resembles a bag design that originated in West Africa, informally referred to as the ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag Was.

‘Sooooo @BALENCIAGA has made pants with underwear tops sewn into the pants to create a ‘sagging’ look… meanwhile.. black men have actually been targeted for sagging… who told them it was a good idea. ..I swear these companies do things like this to get attention,’ said Twitter user @ThaGuy.

This is not the first time the fashion brand has been accused of embracing black culture.

Many noted that Balenciaga’s $2,090′‘Barbs East-West Shopper Bag’ Resembling a bag design that originated in West Africa, informally known as the ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.

The bag earned the nickname during the 1980s, after ‘hundreds of undocumented immigrants, most of them Ghanaians’, were given short notice to flee Nigeria after they were forced to quickly stuff their belongings. BBC informed of.

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